YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Matthew Ott will turn 16 later this month. He has been raising money for veterans since 2009 when he opened a lemonade stand in front of his house.
The first year, he raised $53, and he has donated more than $10,000 over the years to veterans and their families that were experiencing financial difficulties.
Now Ott wants to raise $1 million. Ott has partnered with the Lebanon VA, and all the money raised will go directly to care and assistance efforts for veteran patients in VA hospitals. Ott says he is optimistic that he will meet his goal by Memorial Day. “We want to get $10 from 100,000 people,” said Ott, “We will reach out to corporate sponsors, it’s important that our men and women get what the need.”
Matthew says he is driven by his late mother Patricia, who served in the Army. She died when he was just eleven months old. Ott says that he is hopeful that his Veterans Challenge Facebook page will help generate enough interest. “People can visit the page and make a donation,” said Ott, “And we want them to share the page with their friends.”
Donations can also be sent to Matthew Ott, 2222 W. Market Street, York, PA 17404.